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Olmsted Point

Look out into the wide expanse of Tenaya Canyon from this viewpoint and see the stony sentinel of Half Dome presiding over the tree-studded valley.

The viewing area of Olmsted Point presents a remarkable panorama of the Tenaya Canyon, framed by majestic rock formations and speckled with trees. Reach Olmsted Point via a scenic trail, which leads between glacial boulders and pretty greenery to an unsurpassable lookout. Spot distinctive landforms in the wide, rocky canyon, such as Half Dome and Clouds Rest.

Follow the short walking trail, which is a 0.25-mile (0.4-kilometer) round trip. The walk has a gentle incline and should take only 15 to 30 minutes. Reaching the top of the craggy granite peak, you’ll be awestruck by the unfolding scenery. Look west for clear views of Clouds Rest mountain peak rising regally out of the valley. Beyond Clouds Rest, see the distinctive shape of Half Dome, a magnificent granite peak. Look east to take in views of the still waters of Tenaya Lake surrounded by colossal granite boulders and a dense forest of coniferous trees.

Be sure to bring your camera and take photographs of the canyon scenery and monumental rock formations. In the late afternoon, the landscape is shrouded in the pink hues of dusk, while clear mornings bring the stark contrast of blue skies and bright sunlight.

Select from a number of walking trails that branch off from the main trail. Take a stroll and enjoy views of the canyon from a different aspect. You might spot Mount Hoffman and the northern peaks.

Olmsted Point is located in the heart of Yosemite National Park on the arterial Tioga Road. Use the large parking lot at the trailhead, which also presents stunning views across the valley. Purchase snacks from the Tuolumne Meadows convenience store, 10 miles (16 kilometers) east. Find restrooms at nearby Tenaya Lake. The views from Olmsted Point are beautiful regardless of the season; however, there may be a road closure on Tioga Road in the winter months due to high snowfall.


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Brookside Cottage
Brookside Cottage

Brookside Cottage

7201 Yosemite Parkway, Yosemite National Park, CA
     
    3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    Situated in Yosemite National Park, this cottage is 3.5 mi (5.6 km) from Lukens Lake Trailhead and within 12 miles (20 km) of Yosemite Valley and Olmsted Point. Tenaya Lake and Murphy Creek Trailhead are also within 12 miles (20 km).

    Forest Glen-yw
    Forest Glen-yw

    Forest Glen-yw

    7515 Henness Circle, Yosemite National Park, CA
       
      3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      Situated in Yosemite National Park, this holiday home is 3.5 mi (5.6 km) from Lukens Lake Trailhead and within 12 miles (20 km) of Yosemite Valley and Olmsted Point. Tenaya Lake and Murphy Creek Trailhead are also within 12 miles (20 km).

      Timberlodge Cabin
      Timberlodge Cabin

      Timberlodge Cabin

      7458 Yosemite Parkway, Yosemite National Park, CA
         
        3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Situated in Yosemite National Park, this cabin is 3.5 mi (5.6 km) from Lukens Lake Trailhead and within 12 miles (20 km) of Yosemite Valley and Olmsted Point. Tenaya Lake and Murphy Creek Trailhead are also within 12 miles (20 km).

        The Ahwahnee £362
        The Ahwahnee

        The Ahwahnee

        9005 Ahwahnee Drive, Yosemite National Park, CA
           
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Situated in a national park, this historic hotel is steps away from Ahwahnee Meadow and Yosemite Valley. Yosemite Falls and Yosemite Visitor Center are also within 2 miles (3 km).

          Yosemite Valley Lodge £186
          Yosemite Valley Lodge

          Yosemite Valley Lodge

          9006 Yosemite Lodge Drive, Yosemite National Park, CA
             
            3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Situated in a national park, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Yosemite Valley and Yosemite Falls. Yosemite Visitor Center is 0.8 mi (1.2 km) away.

            Curry Village
            Curry Village

            Curry Village

            9010 Curry Village Dr., Yosemite National Park, CA
               
              2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              Situated in Yosemite National Park, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Yosemite Mountaineering School and Yosemite Valley. Yosemite Falls and Yosemite Visitor Center are also within 2 miles (3 km).

              Yosemite View Lodge £94
              Yosemite View Lodge

              Yosemite View Lodge

              11136 Highway 140, El Portal, CA
                 
                2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated on the riverfront, this hotel is 0.5 mi (0.8 km) from Yosemite National Park and 2.5 mi (4.1 km) from Yosemite Arch Rock Gate Entrance. Yosemite Valley and Tunnel View are also within 12 miles (20 km).

                The Ahweanee in Foresta, Yosemite National Park
                The Ahweanee in Foresta, Yosemite National Park

                The Ahweanee in Foresta, Yosemite National Park

                4234 1st St, Yosemite National Park, CA
                   
                  0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated in the mountains, this historic cabin is within 9 miles (15 km) of Yosemite Valley, Tunnel View and Yosemite Arch Rock Gate Entrance. Yosemite National Park and Bridalveil Fall are also within 9 miles (15 km).